Legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn on Tuesday announced that he is officially retiring from cricket.
Steyn took to Twitter to share the announcement of his retirement. Steyn played 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20 Internationals (T20Is).
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 31, 2021
And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last,” Steyn said in his statement.
“I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass.
“It’s been 20 years since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts, to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows.”
Having made his Test debut in 2004, at the age of 21 against England at Porth Elizabeth on December 17, 2004, the right-arm pacer established himself as one of the best pacers in the South African whites, with 439 wickets, averaging 22.95 while having a strike rate of 42.30. During his time in the whites, Steyn had also picked up 26 five-wicket hauls and five ten-wicket hauls.
The pacer had announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2019 but wanted to continue playing limited-overs cricket. However, his last international match was in February 2020 when South Africa took on Australia in a T20I series.
Steyn is South Africa’s all-time highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game.
Steyn has also played in several T20 leagues across the world, most notably the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Both SRH and RCB took to social media to thanks the South African legend.
Steyn has played in 95 IPL matches, with 97 wickets to his name with an economy of 6.93